\ ˈkrest \

Definition of crest 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a showy tuft or process on the head of an animal and especially a bird — see bird illustration

b : the plume or identifying emblem worn on a knight's helmet also : the top of a helmet

c(1) : a heraldic representation of the crest

(2) : a heraldic device depicted above the escutcheon (see escutcheon sense 1) but not upon a helmet

(3) : coat of arms sense 2a

d : a ridge or prominence on a part of an animal body

2 : something suggesting a crest especially in being an upper prominence, edge, or limit: such as

a : peak especially : the top line of a mountain or hill

b : the ridge of a roof

c : the top of a wave

3a : a high point of an action or process and especially of one that is rhythmic

b : climax, culmination at the crest of his fame


crested; cresting; crests

Definition of crest (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to furnish with a crest also : crown

2 : to reach the crest of crested the hill and looked around

intransitive verb

: to rise to a crest waves cresting in the storm

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Other words from crest


crestal \ˈkre-stᵊl \ adjective
crestless \ˈkrest-ləs \ adjective

Examples of crest in a Sentence


at that point the filmmaker was at the crest of his critical acclaim, which included winning an Oscar the hiking party reached the crest of the mountain just as it began to thunder


We crested the hill and looked out around us.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For Over The Moon’s online shop, Baker created stationery sets with four themed, floral crest choices— named La Dolce Vita, In Full Bloom, Out of Africa, and Love Birds—to be filled in with a monogram of your choosing. Katie Kiefner, Vogue, "Send All of Your Summer Thank You Notes on This Stunning Stationery," 10 July 2018 In Washington State, politics and cultures split as sharply as the climate does along the crest of the Cascade Mountains — generally wet, urban and liberal on one side, and dry, wide open and deeply red on the other. New York Times, "Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf Scientist?," 5 July 2018 Los Angeles Times Billed as the first dive coaster in the state, Knott's Berry Farm's new HangTime suspends riders at a crest before plunging down a 96-degree drop. Timesoc,, "TimesOC: Fair Board says equestrian center ‘is not going anywhere’," 30 May 2018 Foster allegedly crossed the center line approaching the crest of a hill, according to witness statements. Zachary Hansen, ajc, "2 dead, 10-month-old seriously injured in Middle Georgia head-on crash," 12 July 2018 Defying government orders, Delta native W. Hodding Carter and two wet-ass pals canoed 300 miles from Memphis to Vicksburg—surfing the crest, watching wildlife cope with the rising tide and assessing 75 years of levee building. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Best Travel Stories We've Ever Told," 1 July 2018 Hints of peach and pineapple ride the crest of this bright, acidic wine from New York’s Finger Lakes region. Chris Morris, Fortune, "6 Beers and 6 Wines to Improve Your Fourth of July Cookout," 29 June 2018 At 56, Crowley should be approaching the crest of his political career. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Ousts Joe Crowley, a Top House Democrat, in Stunning Upset," 26 June 2018 The couple also served 27 (!) cakes, with the official wedding cake—a five-foot-tall layered fruitcake with white icing—decorated with Charles’s coat of arms, the Spencer family crest, and flowers including roses, lilies of the valley, and orchids. Julie Miller, Vanities, "Inside Princess Diana’s Fairy-Tale Royal Wedding," 17 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Army Corps of Engineers predicts that the reservoir that protects Des Moines from Des Moines River flooding will crest next weekend at a level above the lip of the concrete emergency spillway. CBS News, "Des Moines, Iowa, begins cleanup following historic flooding," 1 July 2018 It’s often the reason people even like that story, that the wave of the current events base had crested there for a minute. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Vox Editor at Large Ezra Klein on Recode Media," 14 June 2018 Federal land management agencies spent nearly $3 billion fighting fire, just 15 years after that figure first crested $1 billion. Kyle Dickman, Outside Online, "What If Our Forests Don't Come Back?," 9 May 2018 But Douglas and others have found that crested auklets emit octanal, a compound also found in tangerines. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "Why some birds smell like tangerines, and others smell like lavender," 28 Apr. 2018 The rising tide of lawsuits by car windshield replacement companies against auto insurers has apparently crested — a result, plaintiff’s attorneys say, of pricing truces between insurers and independent glass shops. Ron Hurtibise,, "Windshield lawsuits drop statewide; now barely a blip in South Florida," 6 July 2018 The deadly hepatitis A outbreak is now the worst in Kentucky's history — and the crisis hasn't crested. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, "Deadly hepatitis A outbreak now the worst in Kentucky's history," 27 June 2018 Though each wave of activism and insurgency within the Democratic Party has eventually crested and receded, the impact on the party’s makeup, agenda, and behavior has been cumulative — and powerful. Sam Rosenfeld, Vox, "The Democratic Party is moving steadily leftward. So why does the left still distrust it?," 22 June 2018 With that in mind, there is great news from Carnival which has just crested the horizon., "From fun to good deeds, Carnival has children in mind," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of crest


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for crest


Middle English creste, from Anglo-French, from Latin crista; probably akin to Latin crinis hair


see crest entry 1

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\ ˈkrest \

Kids Definition of crest

1 : a showy growth (as of flesh or feathers) on the head of an animal

2 : the highest part or point of something the crest of the wave the crest of a hill

3 : an emblem or design used to represent a family, group, or organization

Other words from crest

crested \ˈkres-təd \ adjective


\ ˈkrest \

Medical Definition of crest 

1 : a showy tuft or process on the head of an animal and especially a bird

2 : a process or prominence on a part of an animal body: as

a : the upper curve or ridge of the neck of a quadruped (as a horse) also : the mane borne on such a crest

b : a ridge especially on a bone the crest of the tibia — see frontal crest, occipital crest

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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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